Moorish Idol

Moorish Idol swimming alone at Richelieu Rock, Thailand
Moorish Idol (Zancus cornutus) Richelieu Rock, Thailand
Credit: Alex Lapat March 2018
Moorish Idol Zanclus cornutus
Description

The Moorish Idol is a very popular reef fish among scuba divers and snorkellers. It's a small to medium-size fish that is comfortable swimmig near humans. They are often found in groups, but can also be seen alone. Their bright colours and shape make for good underwater photographs, or just to follow along the reef without a camera. They are found in tropical and sub-tropical seas in teh Indo-Pacific region.

Scientific Rank
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:
Chordata (Chordates)
Class:
Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes (Perch-Like Fish)
Family: Zanclidae (Zanclidae)
Genus: Zanclus (Zanclus)
Species: Zanclus cornutus
Size
Average Size: 20 centimetres

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